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tainly acted on it, for he was but sei-1 dom seen, and his manner of coming and I going -was so mysterious that the hunt- ' ers, trappers and .prospectors of that land held him in awe if not in venera-1 tion. "Why, Prophet, I am glad to see you, as I am surprised at yonr coming, "said Louis Kyle, advancing and biking the j extended hand. I Darnel—or the Prophet, as we shall call him—always used the Biblical manner in speaking, and there was a ir Glad!" repeated the Prophet "That is what I said." "And yon would have me believe the lie?" "Yon are taking advantage of an old privilege now," said Bonton, a greener tinge coming to his f ace. ' 'If you cannot be a gentleman, you must remain away." "A gentleman!" exclaimed the Prophet, and he hastily brushed the red beard from his lips and showed hi? even, white teeth. "A gentleman that dimity in his expression that precluded remained voluntary for an hour in such cmmuymn p Even Vhen his company would lose his character on carried earth and be damned through all the CH A.TTERS1-— At the beginning of tbe civil war Valenti'ia Weidon WHS KuBpfCtetl ol ibe murder of uls brother Fred-rijk. who bud disappeared. IT. Blanohard marrltd their Ms- ter He became a widower, and years after the"BUpooBCd oiurder went west with IU? children How»,d. AHcoandCUra-Captam llran- don ."-o- ducted the train when It rwiebed the far west. Two bad characters. Henry Ky o Led front Kobb, joined th-in "-Henry Kyle goon leaves the tra<n and visliB her lather and Bister Nor», who auomot, to turn him from his evil life. Ill-Two lawyi-M named Blta 1110 uvl1 V ,._^ f \rt~..i n i a tn ^rt*imnr rn ooroe to the wost from Virginia to attempt to lorcc too Blanehards to relmqut-h the We.don estate, roe Bli-ees ally themselves with one Hiuion and hie (fans, who are ready for any villainy. "You married John Weldon's grana- daughtor, Mary?" "I did." '' Who killed Frederick Weldonr"' "I do not know that he was killed." ""What has become- of Vuli-iitine Weldon and his wife and two sous?" "I do not know." "Now, lot me tell you. Dr. Blanchard, that since you left West Virginia your wife's body has been exhumed, and it has been discovered that she died from the effects cf poison supposed to have Veu administered by you"— the thought of burlesque, statements were absurd, they force from the earnestness with which they were uttered. "There is as yet no blood upon thy hand that the physical eye can see. Woe be to him that wareth on his brother!" said the Prophet gloomily. "Then woe will not come to me. But reous of eternity.'' "Then why do you come?" "I come, as before, to warn you." "We have not heeded your warnings, yet we survive and prosper.'' • 'Aye, as the wolf prospers away from the hunter. But if the hunter pursue, Brandon done that ye, claiming to be men, should wax on their women and CHAPTER V. The shouting and firing along the mountain side continued for some minutes, during which time Captain Brandon and his friends listened in breathless silence. When the sounds died out, Alice Blanchard, who was standing be- Bide the captain, said to him: . "Do you think harm can have come to our friend?" "He told me that if he were attacked and passed through the line of the outlaws snccessf ully, he would signal me from the high mountain ten miles to the south." "Signal yon ten miles away through the blackness that hangs over valley and till?" . "Yes. Wait and you can see it if he has succeeded," said the captain, realizing that a more than common interest agitated the girl by his side. The long minutes dragged by, painfully measured by the audible beating of Alice's heart. Nearly an hour had passed since the firing—to her it seemed an age. Her hands were becoming cold, and she. compressed her lips to keep them from trembling. "Was that a light?" It was Alice who cried out. She thought she saw a flash—it might have been a meteor—f <ir away to the south. But it passed so quickly that she could scarce say such a thing had been. "Sec! " There it is, captain. There it is!" exclaimed Howard Blanchard, and, unmindful of the clanger, all rose to their feet. The light on the distant mountain side rose and fell,' at times threatening to go out, but rising to a greater height and burning with greater clearness after each threatened relapse, until at length it sent a steady, inspiring glare across the darkness. "He has gone through safely," said the captain. "Thank God!" cried Alice. And the others, according to temperament, expressed their delight at Louis Kyle's success. "Alice Blanchard forgot the surrounding danger iu the joyous relief from the anxiety that had been weighting her heart, 'and a reaction set in that made her fearless for the time. "Halt! Who goes there?" demanded Captain Brandon in a ringing voice as he saw a dusky fonn moving swiftly between the corral and tho neighboring cliff. The figure disappeared, and no reply came back. "Watch!" said the captain. "Stand every man carefully at his post. I think I hear them coming this way.'' The neighing of a horse and the impatient stamping of hoofs 100 yards off attracted the captain's attention. "Why not challenge them?" asked fiovard, who, though as brave as steel, •was naturally very nervous in this novel iituation. "We know they are there. They have no doubt as to our whereabouts. Let us leave the initiative to them," replied Cnptaiu Brandon. The wisdom of this suggestion was 'Who brings such news? asked the soon manifest. From the cliff above the gpring a voice—it was Bouton's—called out: "Hello, down there!" "Well, what do you want?" asked the captain. "I want to know whose camp that is." "I am known as Captain Brandon, and you are known as the murderer and desperado Bouton," replied the captain. "If I come as a foe, you will soon know it There are men enough with me to sweep over your work as a buffalo herd would over a bank of reeds. But •we want no fight." "Ah, now you are getting nearer to the truth than is your habit! You like best to rob and plunder where the gain is great and the danger small." "There is not enough plunder in your outfit to tempt us,'' "Then why do you come?" "We come this time as the friends of law and justice." "Indeed t" "We do, sir. You have with your party a man named Dr. Blanchard." "What of that?" "He and his family are fugitives from justice, and we come to demand them. We are working for the reward. Now, give these people up and we will go •way and leave yon in peace." "The man that says I or any of my family are criminals or fugitives from Justice," broke in Dr. Blanchard, who up to tids time had been a model of Coolness, "lies in his throat!" Now, it so happened that Tom Bliss \na standing beside Bouton during the parley and it was be who prompted the desperado to put the f ollowing questions: "Are you Dr. Blanchard?" "I am," replied the indignant doctor. "Do yon know of any murder in your family?" "I do not" "Toa are surer* I '"I w»oertiu%-" - . - - - doctor, shocked at the horrible charge and astounded at the mini's knowledge of his relations. "Two youi:g lawyers," replied Bonton. "Their names?" "I do not care to give them, but they are with full authority to take you back.'' "You say they are lawyers?" interposed Captain Brandon. "I do." "Tell them to bring their authority to me, and if it is authentic I will aid them in their efforts.'' A fire had been started and about it the outlaws and renegade Indians were reclining and smoking as calmly as if the night's work were an ordinary occurrence. Close by, the horses and pack mules were staked in the long bunch grass, many of them lying down, fatigued by their long drive. Henry Kyis, with a cloud on his handsome face, sat back in the shadows talking to Font Robb. "I did not think I could do it, Font, but he ran his horse at me and I had to fire. I fired, though I knew the man on that horse was my own brother. But, so help me God, I did not want to hurt him," said Henry Kyle, evidently much excited by his own words. But didn't Louis fire at you?'' asked Font Robb. He could not distinguish me in the darkness. Ho fired at the crowd that leaped out to tear him from his horse. There is not another man in the mountains could have stuck to his saddle and plunged through as Louis did. I almost felt proud that he was my brother when he hurled me to the ground and shot down a Sioux by my side.'' "Don't let the boys hear you talk that way," urged Font Robb. ' 'I am not afraid of the boys, curse it! Can't a man admire address and courage—particularly in his own brother—without fellows getting mad at him?" "But your brother has come out against us strong." "Ho was always against us, but as we had never harmed him he did not bother. Now he'll give us trouble." ' 'And you and him is at outs forever?'' "At outs forever, Font. From my earliest years he was my playmate, my bedfellow, my other self. Together we said our prayers by the same mother's triee—little good the prayers did me, but it doesn't hurt to remember them. Now Louis and I are foes.'' CHAPTER VL Before Louis Kyle lit the signal fire that was to convey the news of his safe arrival to his friends he made sure that none of Bouton's gang was within reach. At his elevation the air was raw and cold, and the young man drew near to the flames with his hands extended to catch the grateful heat, Though he had just passed through a danger that for many an hour afterward would have occupied the thoughts of an ordinary man and been repeated for many a night in his dreams, Louis Kyle's mind was filled with another and to him a greater subject. I wish mv mother and father could see her," he mused. ' 'Nora, I am sure, would love her. Who could help loving her? How can I tell her my feelings? What reply would she make if she knew them?" Louis Kyle was thinking aloud, and he was so absorbed that he did not hear a soft step behind him nor know that another was near till he heard the words: "Better warm the blood by riding than by a fire at such a time. what if I should resist the brother who ! the wolf cannot long escape. What harm raises his hand against me?" asked have the peaceful people under Captain Louis Kyle. "Resistance to wrong is aright, not , — But when brothers war,' heaven children? Ye who have sisters and remember your mothers—hs they living or sainted—depart hence at once, for if ye do not ruin will come, as my soul the" gold seeker stains the purity of our , liveth. " The Prophet drew himself up waterV Tarrv not, Louis Kyle, but car- i and as he looked about him his eyes fell rvto thy father the story that will bring | on Henry Kyle, who had withdrawn to V /- ~ -. T ••,, , ,1 J -1 .-1, ! +1,Q nrlrro nf rVll=. fTYYlVfl Spf>m<? lllm. tilC a sin. averts its face and heeds not the cause. A curse has fallen upon our mountains. The outlaw has made it his home and him grief. Go, and I will hold the path between thee and thy pursuers," said the Prophet, motioning back with his extended hand. In childhood Louis Kyle had looked on this man with a dread that manhood did not entirely obliterate. Under any circumstances be would not have thought of invoking his aid. But now the necessities of his situation drove him to seize the edge of the crowd. Seeing him, the Prophet called out: "And thou art here?" "As you see, Prophet," replied Henry, laughing to hide the blush that crimsoned his cheek. fnenos ne- would be "back in an hour ca two and told Howard Blanchard to take command till he returned. "If the young man makes a mistake, I will correct him," said the Prophet. Two hours passed, but the captain did not return. Midnight came and morning neared, but still he was absent And the Prophc-t raised his hands and said: "I fear me a great misfortune has befallen us. We may never see the brave captain again." j L-. [COSTECUED.] A USEFUL PRESENT. A Writing Block Equally Acceptable to M.en and "Women. A convenient present which is easily made and equally suitable for a man or woman consists of a writing block or pad fitted with note paper, envelopes and all the accessories required for letter writing. 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J-u rtttiojjvrfvt. u.^v*-. — . ill'*. this man might be made 1 much weeping, and she clasps her white hit saddle — but he alarm as he recognized the familiar figure before him. It was tall and gaunt, clad in skins and with a wild tangle of red hair and beard masking the face. Thoeye-swere Ua f ^ P iercm S' md a heavy yellow chain, from which a cross was" suspended, hung about his neck. An old fashioned powder horn and bullet pouch were fastened to his rawlnde belt, and he carried, like a, staff, a long muzzle loatog rifle such . as was once so popular with the hunters of the west There was no guessing the ; man's age, but the erect form, the broad teeastmd thee^r^rmof iheha^,j muscular hands told that he had not; H . yet passed the pnme of Me, He was { ° known to many by the name *£&*" gave himself, Daniel the Prophet mind that available. "Prophet," he said, "you have often told me that your heart bled for the distressed and that you loved these solitudes because they shut you out from the misery you could ally." "And I told thee the truth." With earnest, clear cut, Saxon phrase Louis Kyle told his story, and then asked the Prophet if he would go to the mining camp to the south or to the forts to the east to get assistance. "Soldiers are and ever have been the hired murderers of despots. I cannot go near them. Why invoke the aid of man when the hand of Jehovah rests on the mountains, where the weakest muy seize it?" "I have told my story," said the young mia, biting his lip and turning to examine the bridle and saddle girth. '-.And I have heard it. Go to thy father and leave me here to pray for light before this mountain altar fire." The Prophet waved his hand, then dropped on his knees and lowered his head. Without a word Louis Kyle swung himself into the. saddle, shook the bridle rein, and his rested horse wheeled and shot into the darkness. The Prophet remained iu his attitude of devotion until the clanging of flying hoofs had died out, and he might have retained his position longer had not his quick ear caught the sound of approaching steps. He sprang to his feet, grasping his rifle in the act, and within a few seconds was out of the glare of the fire and in the shadow of an overhanging rock. ' 'Who comes there?" .he demanded in a voice determined and military. "I, Black Eagle, the Shoshone," was the reply, and the nest instant the young Indian was before the fire. "Cornest thou alone?" "I do." "Then go thou to the other side of the fire, for thy acts have brought a fire between thee and me." The young Indian obeyed promptly, and the Prophet advanced to the fire. "I am and want to continue your friend,'' said Black Eagle, with an expression of awe and wonder on his keen face. "Can the man be my friend who associates with my foes? Talk not to rue of friendship! You came here in pursuit of Louis Kyle," said the Prophet, dropping his usual form of the pronoun. "The Prophet mistakes," replied Black Eagle. "We saw the fire from far down the valley. Never do I remem her seeing one before in this place, so I came to learn what it might mean.'' "And now that thou hast learned?" "Now I will return to the camp ol the white men." ' 'Aye. return and say to Bouton find his murderers that you found Daniel the Prophet kneeling beside his altar fire. And further say that* he was praying that the Great Spirit might destroy the Ishmaeliws, who thirst for the blood uv»l the spoils of those journeying to the promised land.'' "I shall go." "Go and come not again near me! Go, Black Eagle, to thy fellows! Once thee. Now thou hast rejected hands in sorrow and despair. The Prophet pointed to the mountain, behind which lay Henry Kyle's home, and in this tragic attitude stood with his long arm extended for some time. Bouton saw that Henry Kyle was affected, and knowing his ardent, impulsive nature he hastened to his side and whispered: ' 'I must get this man out of camp." "Why not do it, then?" "Ho will not leave while you are here. Step away before he opens again. ; ' "And I am to begin my work at once?" asked Henry as he tightened his belt. "At once, and the sooner the better," replied Bouton. Henry Kyle, without another word, turned and' disappeared in the dense undergrowth on one side of the carnp. You. have scut him off," said the Prophet when Bouton returned. "You have ordered him to murder. On your bead be that blood that is abou'; to be shed.'' The, Prophet shouldered his rifle and strode in the direction of Captain Bran don's camp. Hold!" shotted Bouton, "Where are you going?" I am goiug to the aid of the oppressed," replied the Prophet, and as he spoke "Go to thy father!" he wheeled and faced the gang to his pistol—the rifle was fastened <•" , , , smiled at his own I my&teactogs ^ fled . So go, and come not near me again forever!" The Indian lowered his head and had withdrew, but he had not been gone many minutes when the Prophet followed on his trail with strides swift and Eagle returned to the outlaw ^ v ith awe writ- countenance, what he had heard in the of . . ld utt€red His erect, gigantic distinguished by nnmber of men. loofced „ a ^ The ^^ leader down, 1-ad a dread of ^ who moK thai, once had ap- but very few knew him personally and , ^^ t^ to Bt % incompre- no one but himself knew how he lived , g^a ^phecies or to \deter them or where was has dwelhng placaThers , ^^ ^^^^piated deefcs of death was a tradition that Daniel the Prophet j lmjder . ^e Prophet looted slowly had. suffered great wrongs at the hands £ a readin ^ a hts of the Mormons to the south and that *^ he had started an opposition religion, the chief tenet of which was that life should be devoted to celibacy and solitude If Euchiyeie his .belief, he .cer- "We are glad to see the Iprophet \ \ with his eyes naming and his rifle in the hollow of his left arm. "You cannot go there." "Who can prevent?" "I!" "Prevent me, then. But let me Bay this: No man ever lived to fire at me a second time. Long before you came to these mountains I was here, and here I will be long after the wolves have eaten thy carcass and left thy white bones glistening on the mountain side." No words can adequately convey the effect of this defiance. The man looked like an inspired lion, and the desperadoes drew back like jackals. The voice rang out like a huge blast, and the attitude was the very ideal of heroic contempt. The Prophet waited as though to see if a hand would be raised, and an expression oi unutterable loathing swepi over his face as he wheeled and resumed his onward march. Howard Blanchaid was the first to discover the approach of the wild figure and it was so strange and startling—so different from anything he had ever be held—that, in his momentary alarm, he •would have raised his arm and fired had not Captain Brandon seized tb weapon and called out: "Hold! That is the Prophet and my friend!" With the activity of a youth, and al the more surprising in one of his size the Prophet laid his hand on the ston wall that surrounded the corral and vaulted over. The Prophet inquired about th strength of the force and made som shrewd suggestions as to further action. During the day neither Captain Bran don nor his men showed themselves above the wall but the children, could not be restrained inside the cen tral stockade, moved about without being molested. 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